This lengthy tournament is split into two initial qualifying sections. They pit the 14 teams each from Europe and North American against each other across several months of action, starting Aug. 22 and running until the finals in December.
The ultimate prize pool for Season Six is $750,000.
How the qualifying stages work
The qualifying play in the European and North American sections decide positioning for the league table. Teams aim to finish inside the top six and earn one of the 12 available places in the ESL Pro League Final in December.
Teams that finish seventh through eleventh in the league will preserve their status in the competition for next season. The two teams that finish 12th and 13th will enter a Season Six Relegation tournament with the top teams from the feeder leagues to fight for a place in the qualification stage for Season Seven.
The team finishing dead last (14th) in the table will automatically be relegated to the ESEA Premier Season 27 event.
How are the ESL Pro League Finals organized?
The six teams from Europe and the six from North America will then convene in Denmark in December. The groups will be decided by mixing the teams from each section into different groups.
The 12 teams will compete in an initial group stage, with two groups of six. Only the top three teams will qualify for the playoffs. The bottom three are eliminated.
The winning side in each group is given a bye into the semifinals, while the second- and third-place teams will play their corresponding seeds in the other group to reach the semis.
The semis are best-of-three series, and the finals is best-of five.
What are the teams competing in Season Six?
The 24 teams competing in the ESL Pro League Season Six are:
North American teams
- compLexity Gaming
- Counter Logic Gaming
- Team Liquid
- Luminosity Gaming
- NRG Esports
- OpTic Gaming
- SK Gaming
- Bee’s Money Crew
- Team EnVyUs
- FaZe Clan
- G2 Esports (current Holders)
- Team LDLC.com
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
Matches are played online throughout the qualifiers, and the table will be updated after each game to reflect the latest standings.
ESL UK Premiership Autumn 2017 now underway
Esports may be huge in the markets of Korea and China and growing in popularity across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, but at the moment, there is a small but steady number of UK-based players and CS:GO teams starting to get involved in esports at the higher levels.
It’s visible right now as eight of the best British CS:GO teams compete in the ESL UK Premiership Autumn 2017 event.
This online tournament has been running for a little while; five of the seven weeks of matches have already been played. The round-robin format sends four teams to the semifinals, and the winners there compete for the as-yet-unknown top prize.
At the present moment, all teams competing have played four matches, and the standings in the competition are outlined below:
Reason Gaming and CeX are so far unbeaten in their opening matches and have laid strong claims to semifinal spots. Behind them, it is still a very open tournament with just three points between the two sides in fourth and the four sides who have just one victory between them so far.
Bet365 is offering a number of different betting markets on the UK Masters tournament, including betting on the Match Winner markets and individual map winners for a number of games.
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